The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Zero Waste Europe, CHEM Trust and ClientEarth have joined forces to illustrate how harmful chemicals in food packaging can hamper the circular economy and put our health at risk.
The chemical chlorpyrifos has serious negative effects on our health, especially for children. Yet it is one of the most commonly used pesticides in Europe and its residues are often present in fruits, vegetables, cereals and dairy products, as well as drinking water.
Exposure to it, even in small doses, can impact children’s brain development and hormonal systems. Scientists have linked it to developmental delays in children, working memory loss, and increased risk of autism.
Here are five fact cards to illustrate why we are concerned. To read more about our campaign on chlorpyrifos, click here.
1 – Chlorpyrifos is one of the most commonly used pesticides in Europe
2 – Chlorpyrifos hurts our health
3 – We found residues of this toxic pesticide in fruit
4 – Children are more at risk from exposure to this toxic pesticide
5 – Farmers and their families are most exposed to chlorpyrifos